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The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – June 18, 1991

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Christianity Today
"Thorough and readable. Leon Morris deals minutely with the grammatical meaning of the Greek text without being obscure or pedantic. . . The main exposition of the commentary is comprehensible by any intelligent Bible student and provides ready reference for the casual reader."

Evangelical Quarterly
"Morris is an able exegete with a mind of his own and a stylistic facility that makes his commentary as readable as it is instructive."

"This commentary is worthy of a place on the shelves of every student of the New Testament."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Leon Morris (1914–2006) retired as Principal ofRidley College in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979. He is theauthor of more than forty books, including The ApostolicPreaching of the Cross, the volumes on Matthew andRomans in The Pillar New Testament Commentary, and thevolumes on John and the Thessalonian epistles in the NewInternational Commentary on the New Testament.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: New International Commentary on the New Testament
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Revised edition (June 18, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author provides a solid paragraph-by-paragraph review of the text, if somewhat onesided. Morris’ discussion of election is very Calvinistic. He allows no room for prevenient grace. Election proceeds from God’s great love. It is not arbitrary and not a device for sending some people to eternal punishment. Instead, it is a mechanism for rescuing some people.

The author also addresses eschatology from a reformed perspective. God calls the Thessalonians into the kingdom and into glory. This call is effectual, meaning it cannot be resisted. Interestingly, Paul does not often preach about the kingdom, but he does to the Thessalonians. God’s rule is operative in believers both in the present and in the glorious future. Despite a lot of attention being devoted to the second coming in these letters, Paul still makes realized eschatology part of his teaching.

I enjoyed the book because it covers the basics but also employs a perspective I have not previously seen applied to the Thessalonian epistles.
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Morris' exegetical work is phenomenal! He paints vivid pictures of not only the Thessalonians themselves, but also the extent of Paul's thoughts and devotion toward these young and dynamic believers. This commentary proved not only useful and thought provoking, but accessible and lucid. Every serious student of the scriptures must attain a copy. Morris has once again hit a grand-slam.
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Leon Lamb Morris (1914-2006) was an Australian New Testament scholar, who was ordained to the Anglican ministry, served as Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge (1960-64); Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne (1964-1979), and was a Visiting Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also wrote the commentary on The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians The Gospel According to John in this series.

He writes in the Introduction to this 1959 book about the authenticity of I Thessalonians, “This letter claims to be from Paul (1:1, 2:18), and it is Pauline both in language and in ideas… The letter must be early for various reasons… It is difficult to think of anyone writing after Paul’s death putting forth in Paul’s name a statement that might be understood as meaning that the Parousia would take place during the Apostle’s lifetime (I Thess 4:15)… it is impossible to think of anyone but Paul putting it out in early times. How could it possibly gain a circulation while the Apostle was still engaged in vigorous work, travelling among the churches and well able to denounce it? (Yet we must bear in mind that the possibility of forgery seems to be implied by II Thess 2:2, and the explanation of the autograph in II Thess 3:17. Moreover, the letter is as well attested as we could reasonably ask. It is not the kind of letter which would be quoted often. This explains its absence from the few sub-apostolic writings that have come down to us.” (Pg.
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First let me just say that as a pastor working on the Greek text for a sermon series through Thessalonians, I've found this commentary to be helpful in a few key areas.

Primarily this author strikes me as one who has a seasoned grasp of the original Greek text, and yet also brings relevant import into the critical applications as they relate to the text. It is not what I would call a highly technical commentary. It does not deal with the views of Socio-Rhetoric, or spend a lot of time on theories that don't bear spiritual fruit for the reader. Instead this commentary tends to focus on application from other scriptures to the discussion of the text.

Let me give you an example so you know what I mean.

Let's take 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, a paragraph that focuses on the Coming of the Lord. For these six verses he gives us 13 pages of material. It is laid out well, with a verse marker for comments under each verse. He gives the text first, and then comments on each verse. He deals with Greek words if there is anything special about them. He gives the Greek fonts, and then discusses the relevant grammatical features and discusses the implications of those features. Instead of interlacing his comments with quotes from other commentators and interactions with their views, he footnotes all of those. I like this because I like to read an authors thoughts without all the back and forth interruptions those other citations can sometimes spawn.

He typically cites just a handful of cross references to other passages and then discusses them more than other commentators. He likes to draw out the implications a bit more than most commentators. This really helps a pastor or bible teacher grasp his ideas for application more than most commentators.
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"The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians," by the late Australian New Testament scholar Leon Morris, is an excellent introduction to these two early and brief letters of the Apostle Paul. Originally published in 1959 as a contribution to the New International Commentary on the New Testament, Morris's commentary has not been surpassed since its publication more than half a century ago. Written in a clear and thoughtful manner, it contains material from which both the layperson and the serious scholar will benefit. As is the case with the other volumes in the NICNT, more technical matters, including comments on the Greek text, have been placed in footnotes, a practice that allows for a more fluid flow of the commentator's ideas.

In addition to a verse-by-verse discussion of the text of these two letters, Morris provides some useful introductory material. Morris does a good job of arguing for a date in early 50 A.D. as the time of the writing of 1 Thessalonians. He also discusses the question of the relationship of these two letters, particularly the order of writing. Although Morris accepts the more traditional view that 1 Thessalonians was written first, he gives a fair summation of the arguments for the priority of what we now know as the second epistle. (Of course, nothing involving inspiration, canonicity, authenticity, or inspiration stands or falls with this issue.)

Morris writes from a Reformed perspective. However, he remains quite objective in his interpretation of the text.
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